Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar attractions

Top Choice Beach in Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Playa San Pedro

Set between dramatic headlands 3km northeast of Las Negras, this sandy hideaway is the holy grail of the park's numerous beaches. The 250m-long playa, backed by a pocket of verdant scrubland dotted with the thatched…
Beach in San José

Calas del Barronal

The Calas de Barronal consist of four beautiful little beaches (El Lance del Perro, Cala Chica, Cala Grande and Cala Principe) that run along the coast in an isolated string east of Playa del Barronal. If the tides …
Beach in San José

Playa de Mónsul

The most celebrated of the playas off the San José beach road, Playa de Mónsul is a fabulous sandy wedge hemmed in by sharply eroded lava rocks and a towering dune. A distinguishing feature is its central rock stack…
Beach in San José

Playa de los Genoveses

The first beach southwest of San José is Playa de los Genoveses, a lovely, 1km-long stretch of sand framed by two headlands. It owes its name to the Genoese navy, ships from which landed here in 1147 to support the …
Viewpoint in Rodalquilar

Mirador de la Amatista

On the main road between La Isleta del Moro and Rodalquilar, this high viewpoint commands breathtaking views of the vertiginous, unspoilt coastline. From here the road snakes down into the basin of the Rodalquilar v…
Beach in Agua Amarga

Cala de Enmedio

The pretty and secluded little beach of Cala de Enmedio is capped by strikingly eroded rocks. It's a bit of a hike to get to – about 1.5km southwest of Agua Amarga via a hillside trail.
Ruins in Rodalquilar

Gold Mines

Set amid the Martian red-rock terrain at the top of the village, the skeletal remains of Rodalquilar's gold mines are an eerie sight. The complex, which was fully operational as recently as the mid-20th century, lie…
Lighthouse in Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Faro de Cabo de Gata

Marking the southwest point of the promontory, this photogenic lighthouse commands stirring views of a jagged volcanic reef known as the Arrecife de las Sirenas (Reef of the Mermaids), after the monk seals that used…
Lagoon in Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Salinas de Cabo de Gata

Southeast of San Miguel de Cabo de Gata, some of Spain's last surviving salt-extraction lagoons draw flocks of migrating flamingos and other waterbirds between spring and autumn: by late August there can be a thousa…
Gardens in Rodalquilar

Jardín Botánico El Albardinal

Rodalquilar's extensive botanical gardens showcase the vegetation of Andalucía's arid southeast. It's well planned, with every plant, tree and shrub identified. There's also a charming huerta (vegetable garden), com…